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Graduating Teen. Express Ride to Success! Graduation, Teen, Goals With all the challenges and uncertainty in a teen’s life, graduation marks a time when teens ask themselves “Who am I?” and “How can I become the person I want to be?” Graduating teens, are you ready for graduation? Take this quick quiz.
Fifteen Things to Tell Your Teenager Before They Close Their Eyes to Sleep Teen, Teenager, Life, Parent, Mom, Mother, Talk, Tell, Encourage, Soothe, Sympathize, Sleep, Receptive, Information, Care, Love Having a teenager is not only one of the most challenging times in a marriage, but also one of the most challenging times in our lives. However, it's important to let our teens know that we support and care for them. Here are a few things that every parent should tell her teen.
25 Inexpensive Ways to Build Lasting Summer Memories with Your Child Summer, Memories, Memorable, Kids, Daughter, Son, Teen, Tween, Mom, Mother, Inexpensive, Cheap, Ideas, Vacation Summer is a perfect time to do memorable things with your kids. Here are a few activities that won't break the bank.
30 Easy Summer Jobs to Earn Money Summer, Jobs, Kids, Teens, Ideas, Work, Money, Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurial, Business, Recession Parents, it's almost summer. Are your kids saying "No" to summer camps, or sleep-overs? Encouraging entrepreneurial behaviors is a wise decision in a recession.
Is He Hurting You? Love Doesn't Hurt Abusive, Abuser, Love, Relationship, Hurt, Hit, Punch, Push, Boyfriend, Girlfriend, Physical, Attentive, Attention One out of five teens report that they have been in a serious relationship where they have been pushed, slapped or hit by their partner. How do you know if the person your dating will become physically abusive? How do you get away from an abusive relationship? Find out in this article.
Blended Families: Blending Tolerance and Patience Blending, Blended, Families, Family, Kids, Teens, Tweens, Adults, Care, Tolerance, Patience, Patient, Divorce When you find that special someone after a sad, bitter divorce or the death of a spouse, you may think of blending your families with joy and high expectations. However, your enthusiasm may not spill over onto your children.
Bullying: Is it More Than Sticks and Stones? Bullying, Inescapable, Escape, Defeated, Fear, Alone, Cyber, School, Kids, Teens, Sad, Suicide, Hurt Bullying has changed. It is more than words or getting teased on the playground. It is inescapable harassment, physical assault, verbal abuse, and a constant barrage of cyber attacks that leave kids feeling defeated, fearful, and alone.
Choking: A Crazy and Deadly Game Choking, Game, High, Crash, Die, Consequence, Careful, Parents, Kids Parents, there's another "game" you should watch out for - the choking game. The object is to induce a short high by choking oneself. Unfortunately, this game is spreading among girls and boys all over America.
Confidence Scores Higher Than Your Teen's ACT or SAT Scores Confidence Children Child Kids Daughter Son Self-esteem Parent Mom Dad Build Create Important Trait Your child's ACT and SAT scores may be important, but do you talk to your child about one of the most shaping aspects of her life? Confidence is one of the most important traits you can impart to your child.
Cyber-Dating: What Every Teacher, Parent, and Child Should Know Dating, Cyber, Parent, Child, Teen, Teenager, Daughter, Son, Involved, Online, Internet, Boyfriend, Girlfriend, Relationship, Sex Although dating service sites are usually restricted to those who are 18 years and older, most of them depend on using a credit as the sole mechanism for determining age. It is difficult to exclude teenagers or a younger child from such sites if they have access to credit card numbers. These are a few things you should discuss with your children about cyber-dating.
Dad's Presence Helps Prevent Teen Girls from Having Sex Dad, Father, Child, Daughter, Prevent, Sex, Vow, Presence, Important, Importance, Around, Physical, Activity, Necessary Dads, do you have a teen daughter? Do you realize how important your presence is in her life? We know that one out of six girls-ages 12 to 18-take a vow not to have premarital sex. Ninety percent of those girls will break that vow. Your presence can help her keep it.
Back to School Transitions: Easing the Anxiety School, Kid, Child, Children, Teen, Teenager, Mom, Dad, Parent, Teacher, Cranky, Moody, Irritable, Homework, Difficult, Encourage, Encouragement, Concern Are your kids acting a little bit crankier? Are you noticing that they seem more irritable or moody? This could be a reaction to the imminent summer's end as they visualize tests, homework, teacher's concerned expressions, and fitting in with a new group of friends.
Explaining Death to Children Without Scaring Them for Life Death, Explain, Parent, Kids, Teen, Teenager, Talk, Child, Children, Learn, Grieve, Sad, Upset, Remember, Memories, Memory, Loved, Love, One, Important As parents, we have to engage in many unpleasant and difficult situations. It's the tough talks that are often remembered most by our children. Explaining death is one of those topics.
Who Needs Dad? Dad, Father, Daddy, Necessary, Important, Single, Parent, Kid, Child, Teen, Teenager, Tween, Care, Father's Day As we celebrate Father's Day this year, it's important to remember that in the U.S. the number of single parent homes is growing, now up to 51 percent. That means the majority of children are growing up with one primary care-taker, often the woman. Why does your child need a father? Here are a few reasons.
70 Things To Do Instead of Sex Sex, Teen, Teenager, Parent, Other Activities, Boyfriend, Girlfriend, Closer, Relationship As someone who frequently speaks with teenagers in my practice, I often come across what every parent dreads: sex. You don't need to have sex to bring you closer to your boyfriend or girlfriend. Try some of these activities to help build your relationship.
Keep Your Girlfriends Close Girlfriend, Friend, Necessary, Life, Quality, Fun, Talk, Important We know that a lack of friends can lead to heart disease, cancer, depression and anxiety. Overall, the quality of life is lessened when we are lonely or don't have any close friends.
Learn to Love Your Body Self-esteem, New Year, Weight, Love, Yourself, Body, Image, Look, Looks, Appearance, Fat, Thin, Healthy, Health, Girl, Woman, Christmas, Hanukah, Holiday Many New Year's resolutions have to do with losing weight, exercising more, eating healthier, and dozens of other methods girls (from 6 - 96) use to change the way they look. With today's misleading role models, many girls experience poor self-esteem starting at a very young age. It's time to learn to love not only who you are, but also what you look like.
The Art of Loving Yourself Today and Through the Holidays Self-esteem, New, Weight, Love, Yourself, Body, Image, Look, Looks, Appearance, Fat, Thin, Healthy, Health, Girl, Woman, Holiday It's impossible to love another person if you can't love and respect yourself. You need to believe that you deserve to be loved first.
The Wizard Behind the Curtain is Mom: Tips for Teens on How to Celebrate Mother's Day Mother's Day, Teen, Teenager, Kids, Mom, Celebrate, Present, Gift, Appreciate, Appreciation This Mother's Day along with the flowers, candy, brunches, and sweet cards, it may be wise to sit back and recognize the woman you call "Mom."
PDA: How Affectionate is Too Affectionate? PDA, Public Display, Affection, Affectionate, Boyfriend, Girlfriend, Love, Care, Passion, Parents, School, Teacher Teens are advertising their relationships out in public all the time. Go to Facebook or MySpace and you can see whom they are dating, whom they formerly dated, and basically everything they have done in the past month.